Well, police in Oakland, CA are busy. Among other violent crime, the Oakland police face about two homicides a week. The Oaklandpolice also must deal with riots (the 99%, you know). In Detroit/Flint, MI, there is about one homicide every day. These cities are among the worst but violent crime is alive and well in cities all across America. Police are busy.
Not so in Burnsville, MN. Burnsville is a city of 60,000 people just south of Minneapolis. Burnsville simply doesn’t have enough violent crime to keep its law enforcement personnel busy. Do they sit around and spend their time on Facebook? No! Consider the case of Mitch Faber. His crime? Siding. Specifically below code siding. After spending an additional $12,000 upgrading his siding Mitch was still criminally charged, convicted and sentenced.
“I’m walking around in a green and white jump suit, I had to shower in front of a sheriff, I was shackled, my wrists were handcuffed to my waist — for siding.”
“It was insane,” said [Faber’s wife] Jean. “Absolutely insane.”
After two days locked up, a judge agreed Mitch should be released but required him to submit to electronic home monitoring. In Dakota County, that process requires participants — no matter what their crimes—to blow into a drug and alcohol device every time an alarm goes off.
“They could call me at 2 in the morning and they did,” Faber said.
Check out the Channel 5 KSTP News story and this broadcast video.
Cities like Oakland and Detroit should study the Burnsville system to be ready as soon as they eliminate violent crime.
Burnsville is not alone in new groundbreaking police work. San Francisco, which still has its share of violent crime, will charge and prosecute you if you are caught harboring a . . . . goldfish. Thought I was going to say illegal alien, didn’t you?